Basic Directions and Compass Points in Shona Language

General Basic Directions and Compass Points in Shona Language

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As you may already know there are four basic and primary compass points which are listed below and in addition, I have also appended a Shona meaning right next to them:
  • North — Mawodzanyemba or Maodzanyemba
  • East — Mabvazuva or Mabvirazuva
  • South — Chamhembe
  • West — Madokero or Mavirira

Example Usage #1:
  • The enemies are coming from the north — "Vavengi vari kuuya kubva kumaodzanyemba."
  • The sun always rises from the east — "Igaroziva zuva rinobuda kumabvazuva."
  • Nex oan e fram di south side — "Mufesi uyu anobva kuchamhembe."
  • Mek wi guh toward de west -- "Handeyi so, takananga kumavirira."
Example Usage #2:
  • Person 1 — "A yuh ah traveling mahn?" → "Uri murume ari murwendo here?"
  • Person 2 — "I dey travel fram west fi east" → "Ndiri murwendo kubva kumavirira ndichienda kumabvirazuva."

Now Let's Look At Shona Words That Refer To Other Basic Directions:
  • Up — Kumusoro
  • Down — Kuzasi, Kudzasi or *Kudhaza (slang)
  • Front — Kumberi
  • Behind — Kumashure, Kumasure
  • Left — Kuruboshwe
  • Right — Kurudyi
  • Near — Pedyo or Padyo
  • Far — Kure, or *Kachana (slang)
  • Inside — Mukati
  • Outside — Panze, Kunze or *Awezi (slang)

Below Are Other Intermediate Points Of The Compass:
  • North-northeast — Mawodzanyemba akakwidza-kumabvazuva
  • Northeast — Pakati pemawodzanyemba nemabvazuva
  • East-northeast — Mabvazuva akakwidza-kumabvazuva
  • East-southeast — Mabvazuva akadziva-kumabvazuva
  • Southeast — Pakati pechamhembe nemabvazuva
  • South-southeast — Chamhembe chakadziva-kumabvazuva
  • South-southwest — Chamhembe chakadziva-kumadokero
  • Southwest — Pakati pechamhembe nemadokero
  • West-southwest — Madokero akadziva-kumadokero
  • West-northwest — Madokero akakwidza-kumadokero
  • Northwest — Pakati pemaodzanyemba nemadokero
  • North-northwest — Mawodzanyemba akakwidza-kumadokero
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